Common Plumbing Questions and Answers

Common Plumbing Questions and Answers

While not all plumbing issues are emergencies, it can be difficult to know when you need to call a plumber. As with any aspect of your home, upkeep and regular maintenance will keep it problem free for years to come. The same concept goes for the plumbing both inside and outside of your house. Are you wondering whether a plumbing issue you are having is something that just needs tightening of some bolts or washers that you can address yourself or if there may be an unseen deeper issue?

We have put together some of the most common questions that clients have asked us over the years. If you have a concern that is not listed here, please do not hesitate to talk to one of our certified plumbers and we will be happy to help you.

Why do the pipes in my home make a ratting noise?

This is often caused by pipes that have not been secured properly. When water flows through improperly supported pipes, they tend to bang against floor joists.

What creates the biggest water consumption in a home?

Most of us feel that baths and showers use the most water. In fact, it is the toilet that tends to use the most water. This is due to the fact that the toilet is what is used most often. Making sure that your toilets are running at peak efficiency and that there are no leaks will help keep your water bill down.

Why does my faucet keep leaking?

In most cases faucet leaks are due to a corroded valve, O-ring, or gasket. These can be quite easy fixes and usually do not involve having to replace the whole faucet. However, a leaking faucet can also be a sign of a much bigger problem and should be inspected by a licensed plumber.

How can I prevent water damage from by tub or shower?

Make sure that there are no cracks or missing bits in the grout around your shower or tub area. If this is the case, water can seep behind the tiles and cause extensive damage. Always make use of your exhaust fan to pull all damp air out of the room in order to keep it as dry as possible. Old or worn bathtub and shower valves may be another cause of leaks in this area.

What if I have a burst pipe?

A burst pipe is certainly a serious issue that requires the services of an experienced plumber. However, before a plumber is called one must make safety a priority.

  • The first thing you’ll need to do is turn off the main valve in order to stop any further water damage.
  • Check the location of the burst and area as best as you can. If the burst is on an upper floor, try to see if water has seeped to the lower floor.
  • Turn off electricity to affected areas. This is very important as water and electricity don’t mix and can be extremely dangerous.

Then before the plumber arrives, make sure you take pictures of all affected areas – this will go a long way in the case of an insurance claim. The best way to avoid serious plumbing problems both inside and outside of your home is through regular maintenance and routine service.

The fully accredited and licensed plumbers at Sidney Plumbing are always happy to answer any plumbing questions or concerns you may have. In the case of an emergency, we are here to help you anytime of day or night. We will listen carefully to your specific problem, inspect the issue, and recommend the best solution. You can rest assured that our plumbers will only suggest repairs that are necessary.